CHIPLEY - Washington County School Board on Monday named its 2018 Sunshine State Scholar.

Vernon High School junior Lana Bush will join nearly 100 other top STEM scholars in the state at a two-day conference in Orlando in May. The event is sponsored by Florida Department of Education and seeks to bring together the state's top 11th grade students who show excellence in STEM education.

Bush has a GPA of 4.65 and is known at her high school for being a "very well rounded" individual, school staff told board members and other attendees at Monday's school board meeting.

At the conference, scholars will be challenged to conduct a think tank on tough Florida challenges, FDOE website states. Scholars will also be honored for their accomplishments by the Commissioner of Education.